At least 10 members of the band La Reyna de Nuevo Leon were killed and 5 others injured this morning when the van the group was traveling in sideswiped a southbound semi, crossed the median and collided head on with a northbound semi truck.
The band was returning to Monterrey after playing a gig Saturday night in Nuevo Laredo.
Federal Police reports indicate the accident occurred about 08:15 near the small town of Vallecillo, just south of the toll booths at Sabinas.
The semi belonged to TNL Express Lines of Nuevo Laredo. The driver of the TNL rig was not available to investigators following the accident.
The driver of the southbound tractor trailer, identified as Raul Jimenez told investigators he watched as the van pulling the utility trailer attempted to pass him when he felt a “bump” against his tractor tires and saw the van swerve off into the median.
Bodies were scattered in the median and on the highway which was closed for several hours as authorities investigated and units of the Green Cross (Cruz Verde), paramedics and private ambulances tended to the victims. Survivors were taken to local hospitals.
It was not known who was driving the van at the time of the crash, but one of the survivors stated the band members took turns at the wheel when they made their road trips.
LAST GIG AT EL LAGUITO BAR & GRILL
La Reyna de Nuevo Leon wasn’t a widely known group outside the northern Mexico region and Monterrey where they called home.
The band members, most between the ages of 20-25, were mostly from Guanajuato, a state in the central highlands of Mexico about 150 miles north of Mexico City.
Ruben Paz, lead vocalist of the band and former lead singer for Band San Isidro was one of the dead and well thought of among the circuit they traveled.
What was to be their final performance on Friday night at the El Laguito Bar & Grill in Nuevo Laredo was considered by some to be their best.
Paz, never one to perform from the stage, instead chose to move among the tables and dance floors interacting with his fans.
Ruben Paz was loved in Nuevo Laredo and now has sadly sang for the last time in this city, where people loved him,” said Rolando Salinas, one of the bars owners.
The El Laguito Bar is in mourning, but in the next week we’re going to do a tribute because Reuben was much loved by Neolaredenses and we are going to pay tribute to all the people who were with him,” said Salinas.
As the night wore down and the band packed up to go back to Monterrey, as is the norm in this socially connected world, they took to their FACEBOOK page leaving messages of thanks to their fans.
“Back in Monterrey. Thank God everything went great in Nuevo Laredo.” One band member posted.
“Thanks to the friends who joined us and thanks to the good folks of El Laguito Bar”, another one said.
One of the photos the band uploaded to their FACEBOOK page shortly before departing Nuevo Laredo is eerily similar to a photo posted by the late singer Jenni Rivera, minutes before her death in a plane crash.
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